London markets continue to rise as big company names rule the roost

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FTSE 100 added to Monday’s strong gains helped by a welter of earnings statements from some of the market’s big names. London’s blue-chip index rose 27 points to 7,109 in early trading. () (LSE:BP) led the way as it lifted its second-quarter dividend even though profits were lower than the previous three months. The oil major is also continuing its transition efforts with renewable energy projects. () () expects income to be flat this year with an uneven recovery from COVID-19 across its markets. The bank is restarting dividend payments and share buybacks. () () expects full-year profit to be slightly ahead of forecasts as trading continues to improve. The baker also swung to an interim profit and resumed launching new products with a series of vegan ranges. Allergy Therapeutics announced a favourable outcome of a test of its peanut allergy vaccine candidate, “VLP Peanut”. The study, which took place at Imperial College London, aimed to demonstrate the vacci
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